60. NSB cops: Man killed, several injured when elderly woman backs car into medical building

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Car inside building in NSB / Headline Surfer®Janet Spurgeon, 78, transported to Bert Fish MC after crashing car into med. bldg. / Headline Surfer® Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Janet Spurgeon, 78, is transported to Bert Fish Medical Center up the street in New Smyrna Beach with minor injuries after backing her Chevrolet Malibu into the medical building at 600 Palmetto Ave.
A patient inside was struck and died a short time later after being airlifted to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona. Two others injured in the mishap.
 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla.  -- Police remain baffled as to why a 78-year-old woman backed her Chevy Malibu 40 feet into a medical buildingthe afternoon of Feb. 5, killing one man and injuring two others.

"It's bizarre," then-police spokesman Sgt. Eugene Griffith told Headline Surfer®. "We're still trying to determine exactly what happened. Apparently, she hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, but it remains under investigation as to why."

"It's bizarre," then-police spokesman Sgt. Eugene Griffith told Headline Surfer®. "We're still trying to determine exactly what happened. Apparently, she hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, but it remains under investigation as to why."

Cops received several 9-1-1 calls in response to the 2 p.m. Wednesday accident, including one from this frantic caller who said in part: "You need to get here now, that's all I know!"

The elderly driver, Janet Spurgeon, was seen briefly in the ER at Bert Fish Medical Center for minor injuries after backing into the Coronado Medical office building owned and operated by Bert Fish Medical Center, cops said.

Edmond Kestory, 63, was killed Feb. 6 when an elderly driver backed into a medical building in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®Bysztanders check out damage after car crashes into medical bldg. in NSB / Headline Surfer®Edmond Kestory, 63, of Edgewater, shown here at left, was receiving treatment inside the medical facility when he was struck by the errant elderly driver's car that backed 40 feet inside and did shortly after he was airlifted to Halifax Medical Center.
In the inset, medical personnel wait outside while paramedics tend to victims inside the compromised building.
 

Edmond Kestory, 63, wasn't so lucky. He was was airlifted to Halifax Medical Center under a trauma alert, but he died a short time later.

George Snyder, 76, also was was taken to Halifax under a trauma alert, but his injuries, though significant, weren't considered life threatening, police said. And a third person in the lobby, 88-year-old Florence Hopko, was treated and released from nearby Bert Fish Medical Center.

The two-story structure sustained significant damage and remained closed the rest of the week.

The driving mishap of an elderly motorist resulting in the death to another in a medical care facility comes in at No. 60 in the HeadlineSurfer.com countdown of the top 100 local stories of 2014.

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